Guided Tour of the Petrie Museum

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The Petrie museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period The collection is full of 'firsts': One of the earliest pieces of linen from Egypt (about 5000 BC); two lions from the temple of Min the first group of monumental sculpture (about 3000 BC); a fragment from the first kinglist or calendar (about 2900 BC); the earliest example of metal from Egypt, the first worked iron beads, the earliest example of 'glazing' the earliest 'cylinder seal' in Egypt  (about 3500 BC); the oldest wills on Papyrus paper, the oldest gynaecological papyrus; the only veterinary papyrus from ancient Egypt, and the largest architectural drawing. Costume is another strength of the collection. In addition to the 'oldest dress' there is a unique beadnet dress of a dancer from the pyramid age (about 2400 BC) and two long sleeved robes of the same date.

For tickets please contact Angus Johnson. Tel. 01582 832140   

Venue details

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
University College London, Malet Place, London Hertfordshire WC1E 6BT